Polica Dubova

Slovensko / English

Marica Bodrožić: Češnjevina

Marica Bodrožić
Translated by Ana Jasmina Oseban
200 pp.
Format: 129x198 mm
Publisher: KUD Police Dubove
Year of publication: 2016
Series: Eho, 13
ISBN 978-961-94153-4-4
ISBN 978-961-7020-13-7 (epub)
Retail price: 22,90 €
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E-book price: 11,45 €

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The civil war in the former Yugoslavia has robbed a young woman, Arjeta Filipo, of her homeland. When she finds some old photographs during a change of residence, she suddenly understands much of her own life story that had long seemed obscure. So Arjeta follows up once again the ruptures in her consciousness and her life—and the ruptures in the world.

Arjeta can dissociate herself from many things, but not from her grandmother’s table. Now she sits at this inherited piece of furniture in her new Berlin apartment and spreads out photographs over it that have come into her hands when she moved. Memories begin to surface, as if the cherry wood table offers up all the stories it bore witness to through the years.

There’s the besieged city, Istria, the sea of her childhood and youth, and her escapes at the beginning of the 90s that changed everything. But mostly it is about the time in Paris where she studied philosophy and started a new life in a new language—together with Arik, a painter she fell in love with against her will. Misha Weisband, an ornithologist, became her confidant, while Nadezhda, a physicist, is her closest friend. There is a secret that ties the two women together, but also separates them—a secret that only Arik knows and keeps for many years. Not until they both confront the blind spots in their inner lives do they manage to find their way to the truth.

(Source: European Union Prize for Literature)

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